The Time of Year to be Thankful

Friday, November 21, 2014

I want to take a quick moment and say "Thank YOU!" Thank you for reading my blog, for leaving comments, for making me feel like my blog reaches people and inspires and sparks creativity in their lives.

I am thankful to have the means that allow me to pursue my creative interests and I am thankful that I can share them with you! Please think of this card as one that I've sent to you! 

I love this time of year, but I know it is quickly (or rapidly, if you live in upstate New York) fading into winter and Christmastime, so I want to share a final fall card with you.

I was inspired by two challenges this week:


Thank you for reading, for being a friend, thank you for the inspiration to create!

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Dress It or Accessorize It?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hey guys! I have kind of a fun post for you today. Something a little different. At the end of the year (or beginning of next year... depending on how you look at it) I am planning on attending a formal, black-tie gala. My mom is going to fly into town to attend with me (and we're going to honor what would be grandpa's 100th birthday on New Years Eve). Since the event will be in the dead of winter and is only about 6 weeks away, I'm trying to not completely procrastinate on what to wear.

I'm trying to decide if I want to splurge on a dress (that I will, most likely, wear once) or wear the gown I bought for $1 (yep, $1 - read about that great deal here) and just accessorize it with jewelry that I can wear again. It sounds like a better deal to get the jewelry, but there are some great vintage gowns out there too!

Here are the choices I have "narrowed" it down to... tell me, what are your favorites?



These would be worn with this black gown:

I would probably add a bolero or shrug since it will be so cold out. So... what do you think? Dress or necklace?

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Vintage Happy Holidays

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend! Pretty much everyone I know was settling in to cold weather, including all of us here in New Mexico! I took this cold weather as an opportunity to stay in and craft! I whipped up a handful of cards and can't wait to share them with you!

First up is my Vintage Pink Happy Holidays card! If you have a Tuesday Morning store near you and you are a paper crafter, you have to stop in and check out all of the great supplies they have! Last weekend I picked up two 6x6 holiday paper pads and love the vintage theme of this one. I know my grandma would have loved this and I think my sister will too!

They layout and kraft were inspired by two challenges this week. The first was the layout design from The Sweetest Thing:

I opted for the kraft card base so that I could enter the card in The Card Concept (clean and layered) link up this week. I would have used a white background, but I love the kraft... I think it adds to the vintage feel!

The Happy holidays sentiment is a sketch pen file from the Silhouette Store. You can purchase and download it here.

The little snowmen are just too cute, aren't they?

I hope you have a great (and not too cold of a) week!

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Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm a winner! The other day I received a message on It's Always Ruetten's Facebook page (hop over here and like the page if you haven't yet) from Allyson at Domestic Superhero, letting me know that I had won a giveaway she hosted for a new slow cooker! I was so excited and so thankful she sent me a message since her email went into my spam box and I would have missed replying back to her in time.

In anticipation of my new programmable slow cooker, I have rounded up 15 perfect slow cooker recipes for fall... and not all of them are soups!

Take a look at my new Hamilton Beach slow cooker here. Not only is the cooker programmable, but it also has a probe for internal meat temperatures so I will be able to cook meats perfectly!

Here we go with the recipes! Please pin from the original source links... thanks!

Honey Mustard Glazed Ham | Six Sisters' Stuff

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup Recipe from It's Always Ruetten
Pizza Soup | It's Always Ruetten

Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs ~ Quick and Easy Swedish Meatballs for a busy weeknight!
Swedish Meatballs | Julie's Eats and Treats

Delicious Slow Cooker Tortellini Sausage Soup - perfect chilly day meal
Tortellini Sausage Soup | Thirty Handmade Days

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Gravy|
Pot Roast | Cooking with Curls

Super easy Lasagna Soup recipe for the crock pot (freezable) - Rae Gun Ramblings #GameTimeGoodies #shop #cbias
Lasagna Soup | Rae Gun Ramblings

Crockpot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta | Crockpot Gourmet

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Chowder | It's Always Ruetten
Chicken & Corn Chowder | It's Always Ruetten

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes | Creme de la Crumb

crockpot chili recipe |
Chili | Today's Creative Blog

A perfectly cooked turkey breast in the slow cooker! So easy and perfect for the holidays.
Turkey Breast | Just Us Four


Kielbasa & Veggie Medley | It's Always Ruetten

Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples -
Stuffed Apples | Budget Bytes

An unbelievably moist and delicious Pumpkin Cake straight from your slow cooker!
Pumpkin Pie Cake | Mom on Timeout

What's your favorite slow cooker recipe? Share it with me and I'll be sure to add it to my (ever-growing) list of recipes to try in the new slow cooker!

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